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Can you help me with Google accounts?

nannymaroon
nannymaroon Member Posts: 366 Courageous
I'm trying to keep my personal email address private. I've been trying all day and it seems it's impossible. Since almost all of our online activities are monitored and stored by Google it poses a real security risk if we can't use the internet without everyone being able to see our activities and email addresses.

Has anyone else been able to get around this?
I've tried changing the email address but got locked out of my Google account for getting my pw wrong.😐

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  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Posts: 6,575

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    Hi @nannymaroon :)

    Just to clarify, what are you trying to change your email address on? Are you trying to change the email address linked to your Google account? 
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  • nannymaroon
    nannymaroon Member Posts: 366 Courageous
    Hi @nannymaroon :)

    Just to clarify, what are you trying to change your email address on? Are you trying to change the email address linked to your Google account? I'm just trying to keep my email private. But I've done some more research, it seems that Google doesn't allow it. Which is crazy. After a full day of faff I've reset my password and created a new email address that doesn't include my actual name. I can't believe that Google are so fast and loose with the user info they make public. Also I'm shocked at how much of our info is public and easily found. I'm thinking of victims of online stalking and anyone who is concerned about privacy.
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,595 Disability Gamechanger
    If you look at the internet as the modern day phone book, think back to when we had phone books which listed your name and address, which unless you were ex directary the information was avaliable to everyone in your area.
    I suppose if you want to keep yourself invisible on the internet then the easiest way will be to never use it.
    I am a person with epilepsy not an epileptic, my illness doesn't define me.
  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 10,988 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @nannymaroon - Unfortunately both Google & Facebook make money by selling their data. I would suggest you use DuckDuckGo to search online rather than Google. It's free & more secure. Please see:  https://duckduckgobrowser.net/  also https://spreadprivacy.com/is-duckduckgo-a-good-search-engine/    You may also be interested in this: https://spreadprivacy.com/introducing-email-protection-beta/
    Hope some of this helps.
  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Member Posts: 7,775 Disability Gamechanger
    The idea that the only way to be invisible on the internet is to not use it is a simplistic fallacy. If that were true then the dark web, VPNs; encryption and proxy servers would have no market for their services rather than being one of the secrets increasingly hugely. It’s a pretty easy task and, once you understand the implications of not doing so, many people are highly motivated to do so. 

    The question is private from whom and why?

    Google is a poor choice of email provider as they parse (trawl) every word of every email you send or receive and use that data to sell to advertisers. Combined with other data from your address and your devices you’re compromised very quickly. Having a gmail address and using their maps for example is a cast iron way of giving away your location without even trying. Also useful to remember that with the email you’re giving them data about all the people you correspond with too.

    A good VPN will assist hugely as will using a different email provider such as Outlook and especially something like an iCloud email address. There are paid for options but most are of dubious usefulness. 

    I’m not sure what you mean by making your email address private though. If you email people then they have your email address. You can use fake addresses, aliases and redirects to ensure that people see an email address which is not your own but what is it that you think you need protecting from? 

    Similarly, if you’re going to use your email address to buy stuff then do so as a guest; don’t allow sites to store your details and only use sites which have secure purchase pages. Those which, for example, have urls beginning with https:// rather than http://. If you have a Scope or other net account you would always check your profile to ensure your address is not visible and would never login using credentials from another site such as Facebook or Twitter. Ensuring your browser doesn’t allow site cross checking and deletes everything when you close it down is also easy to do and a huge help. 

    I use a free VPN. It has some paid for extras but I don’t need them. It literally blocks 100% of attempts by Facebook, Amazon and Google to take data off my devices. If I ever need to use any of those three things I can lower protection momentarily. It has literally reduced the data leaving my devices my 2GB pcm so it’s secure and saves me money too. 
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,595 Disability Gamechanger
    I have no problem at all in using facebook amazon and google and have done for many years with no problems, they are all part of everyday life for literally billions of people, who can't all be wrong !
    I am a person with epilepsy not an epileptic, my illness doesn't define me.
  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Member Posts: 7,775 Disability Gamechanger
    chiarieds said:
    Hi @nannymaroon - Unfortunately both Google & Facebook make money by selling their data. I would suggest you use DuckDuckGo to search online rather than Google. It's free & more secure. Please see:  https://duckduckgobrowser.net/  also https://spreadprivacy.com/is-duckduckgo-a-good-search-engine/    You may also be interested in this: https://spreadprivacy.com/introducing-email-protection-beta/
    Hope some of this helps.
    Good point. I totally forget to mention DDG. 

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